Kathleen Kastles

Wailuku, HI

drkastles@hotmail.com

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Artist Information for Kathleen Kastles

My artwork continually evolves as I explore new ways to interpret the photos I take, The opportunity to capture candid moments has been facilitated by my constant companion—my smartphone. Happily, even the out of focus photos can be manipulated in a photo app to result in a design I’m eager to paint. Recent works play with complementary colors, high contrast and saturation, and capitalize on how a viewer’s distance from the artwork can affect perception.

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Stroller

Stroller22” x 29”   Photo by Xinia Productions

High contrast, an edgy composition, and saturated analogous colors imparts an air of mystery to this static image of a child in his stroller.



Heliophobia

Heliophobia38.75” x 24”   Photo by Xinia Productions

The blistering heat of the sun is depicted with intensely saturated colors. The viewer feels its oppression, and welcomes the shady relief cool colors provide.



Lovers

Lovers38.25” x 20.625”   Photo by Xinia Productions

A languid Sunday afternoon.  Nowhere to meet except in a nearly deserted Barcelona byway.  Cool colors and liquid shapes enhance a sense of unhurried relaxation yet contrast strongly with the heat of courtship.



Exhaustion

Exhaustion27.75” x 27.25”    Photo by Xinia Productions

It's always hard for a man to accompany a woman shopping.  It's boring and takes way too long.  "Mommy, I'm too big to ride in a shopping cart!  I want to push this kid-sized cart.  Stop putting more things in, Mommy.  It's too heavy.  I wanna go home.  I'm tired!"



Yellow Hat

Yellow Hat16 3/8” x 24 1/4”   Photo by Xinia Productions

Combining a primary color scheme with high contrast and saturation lends movement to a vibrant street scene.